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Barcelona crowned La Liga champions

Barcelona clinched their fourth Spanish league title in five years after defending champions Real Madrid failed to defeat Espanyol on Saturday.

Real needed to win to keep their slim La Liga hopes alive but Jose Mourinho’s team could only manage a 1-1 draw.

Christian Stuani gave the hosts the lead on 23 minutes and, though Gonzalo Higuain found an equaliser just before the hour mark, Real could not find a winner. Victor Sanchez was sent off for the hosts in injury time.

The title holders had needed a victory at the home of Barca’s city rivals to prevent Tito Vilanova’s men from taking their title, with the draw leaving Barca seven points clear at the summit, and Madrid now only having two league games left this season.

This evening, Barca were victorious against Atletico Madrid, winning 2-1 away from home. The club are now 10 points clear of Madrid, and with the league title in the bag the players can just enjoy the last three fixtures of the 2012/13 season.